[photopress:100_5202.jpg,full,centered]I think Kelsey & Mary are going to be great friends!
Jon here… An WSJ article that was sent to me today. Enjoy! > Wall Street Journal Article on Fatherhood.pdf
It’s Sunday night. We have successfully made it home from our vacation. We traveled 51 hours and about 2800 miles. We have unpacked and unloaded. We made it through Sunday. Now, it’s time for a few mindless musings from the mama. 1. Kids really do say “Are we there yet?”2. They say “Are we there yet?” when you have been driving for less than 10 minutes.3. Apparently there are no children out east. At least that was what we figured due to the lack of McDonalds playlands and changing stations in bathrooms. 4. Kids really aren’t interested in McDonalds if there is nowhere to play.5. If you are going to the beach and need to put sunscreen on your children, do it before you get there. Otherwise, you are just rubbing sand around with the sunscreen, and the children are probably going to whine at you. On the plus side, their skin is nice and smooth.6. Seagulls really like PB&J. Especially from a 3-year-old.7. “A soft taco is just like a hard taco, only more emotional.” -Moes Southwest Grille8. “If quesadillas could talk, that would be frightening.”- again, Moes Southwest Grille9. Barstow, CA is only 2540 miles from Wilmington, NC. (Yes, they really have a sign!)10. Dutch oven cooking is probably the BEST cooking in the whole world! Mmmmm!11. Just because you can play a tuba really well does NOT mean that you are as gifted at playing a trombone.12. Someone not gifted at playing a trombone is HIGHLY entertaining.13. Sparklers are still entertaining at 31 years old.14. “Ratpatooty” is a much better name for the movie “Ratatouille” according to Emily.15. Jon REALLY likes to drive, since the only place he let Aubrey drive was to Wal-Mart. Once. The entire week.So. there you have it. Some of my observations from our wonderful week. Here are a few pictures of the Fourth of July – North Carolina Style. Thanks to Jeff & Debbi and the kids for our wonderful time. You guys are amazing! [photopress:100_5178.jpg,full,centered][photopress:100_5174.jpg,full,centered][photopress:100_5180.jpg,full,centered][photopress:100_5183.jpg,full,centered][photopress:100_5194.jpg,full,centered][photopress:100_5177.jpg,full,centered][photopress:100_5181.jpg,full,centered][photopress:100_5189.jpg,full,centered][photopress:100_5196.jpg,full,centered][photopress:100_5195.jpg,full,centered]
So, today was an interesting day. It started off this morning at Jeff & Debbi’s ward 4th of July Breakfast/Bike Parade. After breakfast, all of the kids decorated their bikes to ride in a parade. Since we didn’t have bikes, we decorated Kelsey’s stroller, and let the kids push that. All of the kids had a blast in the parade. The parking lot made a natural circle, so the kids just loved riding around it. Towards the end, Emily was pushing Kelsey again. Bekah was on the part that was uphill and hard to pedal up, so Emily went over to help her. As she went across the flow of traffic, a “big” kid on a “big” bike, basically ran them over. Emily fell down, and the entire stroller flipped over, face planting Kelsey on the pavement. Of course, Jon and I took off running. Thankfully, Emily and Kelsey were both fine. Kelsey didn’t even have a scratch, which was amazing. I think Robbie was actually the most shaken up, oddly enough.Later, we were having lunch, when all of the sudden, Robbie just threw up. All over the lunch table. Yeah, that wasn’t pretty.Then, Joseph and Robbie were playing, and somehow, Robbie got hit in the face. The good news is that it loosened an already loose tooth. The bad news is that it bled all over in order to do so.Jeff & Debbi made us dutch oven for dinner (mmmm!). After bringing it all in, the coals were left outside. Guess who thought it would be a great idea to try and pick one up? Yep, Adam. So, he burned his hand.After dinner, the kids were playing outside with some whiffle balls. Bekah (my niece) looked at the ball with all its holes, and decided the holes were the perfect size for her fingers. Only, they weren’t. And we couldn’t get it off. Jeff had to actually get tools and cut it off.I’m not sure, but I don’t know if we should set off fireworks tonight . . .
I realized after I posted (and at the gentle reminder of my loving sister Randi) that there were no pictures of my niece Kay at the beach. I think it’s because I only got one and it had Jeff’s white skin in it. I was just trying to protect him from mean comments! But here it is![photopress:100_5162.JPG,thumb,centered]
Somehow, when we woke up this morning, we momentarily lost our minds. What else explains the fact that we loaded up 8 kids, 4 adults, sand toys, a tent, lunch, sunscreen, camping chairs, towels and drinks and drove 2 1/2 hours to the Wrightsville Beach! Well, we did and it was an absolute blast! The kids LOVED playing the the water, especially Robbie. He was absolutely fearless, much to our surprise.[photopress:100_5155.JPG,full,centered][photopress:100_5158.JPG,full,centered][photopress:100_5160.JPG,full,centered][photopress:100_5173.JPG,full,centered]They also loved playing in the sand. By far, the most popular thing was being buried in the sand.[photopress:100_5169.JPG,full,centered]Adam up to his ears in sand![photopress:100_5164.JPG,full,centered]My cute nephew Joseph[photopress:100_5159.JPG,full,centered]My niece Rebekah giving my brother Jeff a mud bath[photopress:100_5161.JPG,full,centered]Cute Emily[photopress:100_5153.JPG,full,centered]Mass sand burial!As for Kelsey . . . well, she just toted along with me. And then, as is typical . . . [photopress:100_5166.JPG,full,centered]I think we brought home a ton of sand, a few seashells, a lot of memories, and a lot less white skin (which in Jeff’s case is a good thing!) Thanks to the Vans for our trip to the beach!